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21 Best Urban Parks and Trails for City-Dwellers Seeking Green Spaces

by Perri O. Blumberg

Calling all city-dwellers: You need an escape. Research shows spending time in green spaces (read: nature) makes us happier, less stressed, and less anxious, so seeking out the best urban parks and trails near you is paramount to your well-being.

Escapes—whether mental or physical—are highly important for your physical and mental health. They help us find ways to decompress, and hightailing it to the best urban parks and trails provide the added benefit of exercise.

Surveying what’s right in your own backyard may be the simplest way to rediscover what’s been waiting for you outdoors. As the author and activist Edward Abbey wrote, “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best urban parks and trails in the U.S. From the 1904 World’s Fair site to a Los Angeles observatory, we found outdoor spaces that inspire and invigorate. Feel free to simply soak in their beauty, or look into getting outdoors and enjoying them yourself.


14. Amerson River Park, Macon, GA

For a breath of fresh air in Macon, venture to Amerson River Park, spread across some 180 acres of pristine forests, meadows, and wetlands surrounded by a river oxbow of Ocmulgee River. Lace up your sneaks for a run along the seven miles of walking trails or enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and tubing on the river to beat the afternoon heat after exploring some of the high bluffs earlier in the day.

Read the full list of best parks and trails across the nation here: Best Urban Parks and Trails to Find Green Spaces in Cities | Men's Journal (